Martin Barre was the guitarist of classic rock masters Jethro Tull for 43 years, leaving the band in 2012 when he and Tull vocalist Ian Anderson decided to split up, eventually forming separate solo bands. Barre’s playing and sound played a major part in the success of the Jethro Tull, a band that has sold over sixty million albums worldwide. Barre owns a Grammy Award for Jethro Tull’s 1987 opus Crest of a Knave and was voted as having the 25th best solo ever recorded for his playing on Tull’s “Aqualung.”
The appropriately named Martin Barre Band, having just released a new album, Roads Less Travelled, a few weeks ago, are out on the road letting people hear the new tunes in person. They plan to visit C2G Music Hall on October 26.
In addition to Barre, the Martin Barre Band has a pretty impressive pedigree including bassist Alan Thomson, who has toured with Black Sabbath and Rick Wakeman; drummer Darby Todd, who has toured with Robert Plant, Gary Moore, and Joe Lynn Turner; and vocalist Dan Crisp, a singer with a very distinctive style.
Of course, the set list won’t ignore the Tull classics. While some of the new songs are bound to be played, they will undoubtedly be intertwined with songs you know by heart like “Aqualung,” “Bungle in the Jungle,” “Locomotive Breath,” and “Thick as a Brick.”